Mandatory training for school staffBe clear on the areas your staff need training in, and how often to update it. Use our template to keep track of any training they complete and when they need to renew it.
New headteachers: taking your first stepsUse our checklist to find out what to do before you start, and get guidance on what you should prioritise in the early weeks of headship - so you can confidently hit the ground running in your new headteacher role.
Role of an executive headteacherIs there guidance on the role of an executive headteacher? This article looks at when an executive headteacher might be appointed and what the role involves. You will also find advice for new executive headteachers.
Role of a primary school deputy headteacherWhat is the role of a deputy headteacher in a primary school? We summarise information from the DfE, and include a case study and an interview on a deputy head’s role. We also relay advice on their role in raising standards, and from our associate experts on responsibilities for health and safety.
Strategic responsibilities of school leadersAre there any examples of strategic tasks for the SLT and teachers? This article links to examples of strategic responsibilities from schools for different senior leadership team (SLT) positions. We also point to examples for phase leaders and subject leaders.
Higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs): qualification requirementsWhat qualifications does someone need to be an HLTA? This article relays advice from the DfE, One Education, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and one of our associate education experts on qualification requirements for HLTAs. It also links to the HLTA standards.
Extended services: staffing ratiosThe rules for staffing classes also apply for extended provision. Find out the staff you need depending on the age groups of your holiday, after-school and breakfast clubs.
Staffing ratios for supervising breaks and lunchtimesIt’s up to you to decide how many members of staff you have supervising breaks and lunchtimes, unless you're an early years provider where there are set requirements. Get advice on deciding the right staffing ratio.
Staffing ratios for trips and visitsUnderstand how to decide staffing ratios for school trips based on a risk assessment. Find out what you need to consider, including extra needs you must meet for pupils in the EYFS.
Staffing ratios: special schoolsFind out the requirements around staffing ratios in special schools. Look at class sizes in area guidelines to give you an idea of how many staff you need per pupil in your school.
Transporting pupils: guidance and risk assessmentsIf your school is transporting pupils, whether for an educational visit or a sports fixture against another school, you'll need to think about your staffing for this and complete a risk assessment. Have a look at guidance on what to consider, and find examples of risk assessment forms.
Expectations of teaching assistants at different levelsWhat is expected of teaching assistants at levels 1-4? We refer to guidance on the typical duties of TAs at each level. We also look at performance objectives and job descriptions which set out the responsibilities of different levels of TA.
Intimate care: responsibility of school staffSchools have to make reasonable adjustments for pupils who are not yet toilet trained, under the Equality Act 2010. Read about who should change nappies in school, how to work with parents and how to make sure your staff are equipped to support these pupils.
Teaching assistants: role and responsibilitiesWhat role should teaching assistants (TAs) take in schools? We look at the regulations around 'specified work', and guidance on what responsibilities TAs may take on. We also refer to research from Ofsted on creating effective TA roles, and a case study from a teaching school.